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1 dead, up to 70 injured in major explosion on Italian highway

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In this photo released by the Italianfirefighters, an helicopter view of the explosion on a highway in the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. PHOTO: AP

POLICE in Italy say one person has died in the explosion on a highway near the northern city of Bologna that collapsed part of a raised Italian highway.

Police also said in a statement Monday that between 60 and 70 people were injured, some with serious burns, when a tanker truck carrying explosive materials was in a traffic accident.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the tanker was carrying liquefied petroleum gas. The explosion sent flames soaring into the air.

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Italian firefighters tweeted that they’ve sent multiple rescue and emergency squads, including one from their urban search and rescue team.

Italian private Sky TG24 reported that some of the injured people had been hit by flying glass when windows in nearby buildings exploded.

 

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